All in one video capture, editing, authoring solution... Vegas + DVD the way to go?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by istman, Aug 5, 2004.

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    istman Guest


    I have messed around a little with Premiere 6.5, Ulead Video Studio,
    and a few others but have not come across a "all in one" solution that
    provides one package from start to finish. Using one program for all
    aspects of creating home movies, or even prosumer wedding videos is
    enticing. Premiere is great for importing video and editing but does
    not have the ability to create a nice motion menu. The thought of
    using multiple programs is discouraging and expensive. Recently I
    came across Vegas+DVD and it looks like a winner. Has anyone any
    thoughts on this software as being the a good solution for the
    prosumer? Also, if I continue to use Premiere will I be able to use
    only the DVD Architect portion of the package or is it built into

    istman, Aug 5, 2004
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    Steve King Guest

    I'm no expert, but I am very pleased with Vegas+DVD. I'm not alone. Google
    search and you will find all you need to make your own judgment. Yes, you
    can still use DVD Architect, but I doubt that you will need to or want to
    after trying the Vegas DVD authoring software. I'm not saying it is better
    than DVD-A, just that it seems to handle all normal DVD authoring tasks very

    Steve King
    Steve King, Aug 5, 2004
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    David Chien Guest

    Ulead MovieFactory?
    David Chien, Aug 5, 2004
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    I've been very happy with it's ease of use. I just got the '5' pkg, and
    it just gets better. The included DVD Architect in the combo pkg is
    nice, too. For one thing, I can animate the menu images, which I could
    not do in Ulead Moviefactory (they were static, or I didn't find the
    right setting). Trivia trivia.

    Vegas doesn't seem to be as restrictive on hardware as Premiere, not that
    I don't like Premiere! It rocks, but Vegas has been faster for me to get
    things done.

    Rendering time is an issue for me, so I posted some questions in another

    david gourley, Aug 5, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Steve, I hope I'm misunderstanding what you wrote here but "Vegas+DVD" is
    Vegas and DVD Architect together in one package.
    From the Sony site at
    "In addition to Vegas 5 software, this integrated production suite includes
    a Dolby certified AC-3 encoder and the latest version of our professional
    DVD authoring solution, DVD Architect™ 2 software."

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 6, 2004
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    Steve King Guest

    Oops. Brain F**t. I thought he was referring to the DVD authoring
    associated with Premiere and mistakenly called it Architect.

    Steve King
    Steve King, Aug 6, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    No problem Steve.
    As you can probably tell, I'm a Vegas/DVDA fan myself.
    Now we just have to convince the "other" NLE users that they're missing out
    on a great piece of software and we'll all be much happier :).

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 6, 2004
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    Richard M. Guest

    I'm a convert (but still waiting on the mailman). Finally retiring
    Pinnacle 8. I also get to see how DVD Architech stacks up against
    DVDit 5.

    Rich M.
    Richard M., Aug 6, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    I've only ever used DVDA (both 1 & 2) so I'd be interested in your opinion
    once you get a handle on it.
    BTW, if you have access to a high-speed line, check out the Vegas & DVDA
    seminars from NAB at

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 6, 2004
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    istman Guest

    I greatly appreciate all of the comments. Thank you all.

    Yesterday evening I downloaded the trial versions of Vegas & DVDA.
    It's kind of weird that Vegas requires .Net framework. I also
    downloaded some free themes and animated menu backgrounds. This
    software, at least DVDA, is definitely a step in the right direction.
    Both have a learning curve but I was able to edit and burn with a menu
    within 30 minutes. It's quite different from Premiere and I am not
    sure if I like the workflow. The decision now will be whether to edit
    in Premiere or Vegas. It looks like I will be authoring in DVDA.

    Thanks again.
    istman, Aug 6, 2004
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    istman Guest

    One other quick question... Does the retail package come with more
    animated backgrounds, themes, transitions, images, options, etc. than
    the trial version? (for both Vegas and DVDA).
    istman, Aug 6, 2004
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Give Vegas a chance. Accoring to the various Vegas forums, a lot of
    Premiere users are glad to have made the switch. Another benefit (unlike
    Premiere) is that prices for incremental version increases are free or very
    inexpensive. There are also a number of free or very cheap utilities that
    users have written to speed up the workflow.
    I still use a dpsVelocity at work and the differences between it and Vegas
    were similar to the Premiere/Vegas differences. After a week though, I find
    I now do most of my work on Vegas. I just find it more intuitive - and the
    audio tools are fantastic :)

    Mike Kujbida, Aug 6, 2004
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    Can't say for sure, but i'd suspect so. There are features unavailable
    in the trial version that are functional in the full version.

    david gourley, Aug 6, 2004
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